Feb 2009: Preliminary Program World Resources Forum now online

Dear Colleague,


From Sept. 15 to Sept. 16, 2009 the First World Resources Forum (WRF) will be held in Davos, Switzerland. The WRF is jointly organized by the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (Empa), the Swiss Academy of Engineering Science (SATW), and the Factor 10 Institute.


The WRF will focus on the issue of natural resource governance. The WRF is building a bridge from the natural sciences and engineering to economics; it aims to equip political decision makers to identify realistic policy options for sustainable growth.

The list of keynote speakers includes (among others) Christopher Flavin (President Worldwatch Institute), Ashok Khosla (President IUCN and Co-President Club of Rome), Dennis Meadows (President Laboratory for Interactive Learning & Japan Prize Laureate) and Timo Mäkelä (Director Directorate G. DG Environment, European Commission). There will also be news from the recently founded UNEP Resource Panel and its head Ernst-Ulrich von Weizsaecker.


The World Resources Forum will allow participants to debate and share research questions at the core of sustainable development which are equally relevant to economists and engineers. We therefore invite academics, politicians, research-oriented practitioners, entrepreneurs, consultants and other professionals in the areas of sustainable development to attend. The conference will be especially interesting for representatives working in the areas of resource management, resource efficiency and eco-innovation, climate change and economic framework conditions for global resource use.


The World Resources Forum will open with workshops on Sept. 15, 2009.

There several high-ranking academics and members of the Resource Panel will deal with resource use, dematerialization, innovation and risk (further details: www.worldresourcesforum.org/program-sept-15).


That will be followed by the plenary day, Sept. 16, 2009. See www.worldresourcesforum.org/program-sept-16 for further details.


The WRF will be held in conjunction with the R'09 Twin World Congress (www.r2009.org).


You can register for the WRF via www.worldresourcesforum.org/registration.


We look forward to hearing from you.


Faithfully yours,

Dr. Xaver Edelmann, President World Resources Forum
Dr. Martin Birtel, Project Manager World Resources Forum


Lerchenfeldstr. 5
CH-9014 St. Gallen
Phone: +41 71 274 78 48
E-Mail: wrf@empa.ch